Daily Message

A message from the Vicar

I am writing to you in these unprecedented times in order to keep in touch with each other, while we are unable to meet together. I’m hoping that we will be able to send you a daily message of hope and encouragement as we all together go through this time of anxiety and even fear.

None of us have ever lived through times such as these, but we can learn the lessons of the past, especially from narratives in the Scriptures when the people of Israel faced challenges that threatened their very existence. Although very often they tried God’s patience, he never left them or took is love away from them, but protected them, fed them, kept them safe and again and again delivered them from their enemies.

His promises are eternal and unchanging and we, too, can rely on the Lord to be with us always, to protect us, feed us and keep us safe, and deliver us from our enemies. This is not the same as saying that nothing harmful will ever happen to us or that we will be spared the trials others are going through. That kind of faith can be compared to building our house on the sand. What we are promised is the presence of God in the midst of the storms of life, his comfort in times of trouble, his peace in our hearts and strength in times of weakness. Notice the repeated “in” - God will not necessarily take us out of a situation, but he will help us through it.

Even if our faith is weak, or we feel at the mercy of uncontrollable events, our God is seated on his throne, and his help is always available - at all times and in all places.

The following Psalm may help you:

Psalm 85

You, Lord, showed favour to your land;    

you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

You forgave the iniquity of your people    

and covered all their sins.

You set aside all your wrath    

and turned from your fierce anger.

Restore us again, God our Saviour,    

and put away your displeasure toward us.

Will you be angry with us forever?    

Will you prolong your anger through all generations?

Will you not revive us again,    

that your people may rejoice in you?

Show us your unfailing love, Lord,    

and grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what God the Lord says;    

he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants

—but let them not turn to folly.

Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,    

that his glory may dwell in our land.

 10 Love and faithfulness meet together;    

righteousness and peace kiss each other.

11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,    

and righteousness looks down from heaven.

12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,   

 and our land will yield its harvest.

13 Righteousness goes before him    

and prepares the way for his steps.

 

There are plenty of resources on this website and on the Southwark Diocese web site as well as the web site of the Church of England.

Whatever we may, or may not, be able to do, let's agree that every day at 1.00pm we stop for a moment and pray the prayer above and the Lord's Prayer, and also the Archbishops have suggested we place a candle in the window at 7.00pm each evening as a sign of hope - being aware of the risks involved of course!

With my love and prayer to you

Rev Simon Foster


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